McDonald’s has announced its first plant-based burger but it will not arrive in the county until 2022, even though it is launching in more than UK 250 locations in October.

McDonald’s new vegan option – the McPlant – comes after the chain spent three years on research and development.

The McPlant will be trialled in 10 restaurants in Coventry from September 29 then 250+ branches from October, before becoming nationwide from January 2022.

Despite Oxfordshire having nine McDonald’s restaurants in the county, none will receive the plant-based burger in October.

This means residents will have to wait until next year – or travel to neighbouring counties – to try the new product.

Michelle Graham-Clare, chief marketing officer for McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: “We’re so pleased to be finally launching McPlant in the UK and Ireland. As with every McDonald’s offering, we take our time to ensure it meets the highest standards and is something that all our customers will enjoy.

“We are always looking for different ways to innovate and meet our customers’ needs, and with McPlant we have a delicious plant-based burger that will appeal to everyone.

“Whether you’re vegan or just fancy a plant-based patty, we’re confident you will enjoy the McPlant.”

The McPlant features a vegan sesame bun, mustard, ketchup, vegan sauce, fresh onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato and vegan cheese.

It will also be cooked separately from other McDonald’s burgers and sandwiches using dedicated utensils.

The meat-style patty was co-developed with Beyond Meat and the McPlant is fully accredited as vegan by the Vegetarian Society

McDonald’s have been approached for comment.